The wife and the ward; or, A life's error
Book digitized by Google from the library of Oxford University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.
Publisher Routledge, Warnes , & Routledge
Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
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Book from the collections of Oxford University
July 22, 2014
A remarkable "first" of the novels on the Mutiny
This book is notable not only for being possibly the first of the many novels in English based on the Mutiny but also for the detailed background picture that it gives of the lives of British in India in the last days of the HEIC.In fact the first 16 of the 26 chapters establish the hero and heroine ( his ward) and his "cold" wife in context through descriptions of "station" life in Patna and Cawnpore, a lively chapter on a boar hunt and descriptions of the regiment on its march to Cawnpore in peacetime. Over all there is the looming shadow of the Mutiny, with the suspense that we know what is to happen but the people we read about only suspect it - until too late. It is not overly sentimental and the author deals with the deaths of hero and heroine briefly. His purpose seems to have been not only to tell an attractive tale but also to educate the reader in the nuances of the situation of the British in India, and the background to the mistakes the British made. It involved me: I was sorry to reach the end. Edward Money was a military man -a Lt.Colonel in the Bengal army. He could certainly write engagingly.